Step by Step
- Request Information
- Review Important Dates
- Attend the Open House
- Apply Online
- Address Learning Needs
- Register for the Entrance Exam
- Attend a Student Experience Day
- Schedule a Tour
- Shadow a Student
- MAKE SURE YOUR ADMISSIONS FILE IS COMPLETE
- Record Release
- Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Receive Acceptance & Financial Package
- Attend Accepted Students Night
- Secure Your Spot
- Pick Your Courses
Entrance Exam: November 17, 2018 8am-12pm
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Financial Aid Deadline: December 1, 2018
Decision Notification: Early January, 2019
Financial Aid Notification: Early March, 2019
Enrollment Registration Deadline: April 1, 2019
Applicants with a 504 plan, ICEP, or IEP should submit documentation prior to taking the HSPT. If they meet admissions requirements, they will have an interview with a member of our School Counseling Department. This conversation is an essential step in discovering if NWC is the right fit for a student with learning needs. NWC strives to meet each student's learning needs but will not commit to serve a student whose requirements exceed our resources.
All Grade 9 applicants must sit for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) OR the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) OR the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Only one exam is required. Please note that the exam does not need to be taken at Northwest Catholic, but results must be received by November 30, 2018. Only Students who take the HSPT at Northwest Catholic on Saturday, November 17, 2018 are considered for Academic & Merit Scholarships.
Information on each exam:
High School Placement Test (HSPT)
This test will be administered at Northwest Catholic on November 17, 2018. A completed Student Application will serve as the registration for the HSPT. For those who require additional test time, please be sure to indicate so on the application and submit a copy of your 504 plan, IEP, or ICEP prior to the exam date. You can only take the HSPT once. If you take the HSPT at a different Catholic high school, please request that the test administrator send us scores by November 30, 2018.
The following exams are not administered at NWC:
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
To register for the SSAT, visit www.ssat.org and ensure that test scores are sent to Northwest Catholic by November 30, 2018. The Northwest Catholic school code is 5412. You may take the SSAT more than once.
Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
To register for the ISEE, visit www.erblearn.org and ensure that test scores are sent to Northwest Catholic by November 30, 2018. The Northwest Catholic school code is 571351. You may take the ISEE up to three times in a 12 month period.
Many Catholic middle schools in the area send their 8th graders to NWC to attend a Student Experience Day. During these scheduled days, students enjoy a tour of the facilities, attend classes, and hear from faculty and staff about our programs. Ask your child's teacher if he or she is scheduled for a Student Experience Day.
Our Shadow Day Program runs from 7:50am to 1:25pm on select days from the end of October to the beginning of May. Due to the number of requests for individual Shadow Days, we can only allow applicants to Northwest Catholic to schedule to shadow. Students must schedule their Shadow Day in advance through their admissions account.
Eighth graders who shadow from October through the end of January will shadow a current 10th grade student. Starting in January, students may shadow a current 9th grade student.
During the shadow experience, the guest follows a current Northwest Catholic student through his or her day. Although the shadow student might not see the same courses he or she would take the next year, the prospective student will gain an understanding of our community and how our day flows. Lunch is provided.
A student visitor must be dressed appropriately to attend a Shadow Day. Boys should be in dress pants, dress shirt and tie, and dress shoes (optional sports jacket). And girls should be in an appropriate length dress or skirt or dress pants and dress shoes (no sneakers, sandals, or flip flops).
If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 860-236-4221 ext. 140.
To be considered for tuition assistance, a parent/guardian must complete the financial aid application by visiting www.smartaidforparents.com. The application for the 2018-19 school year became available October 1, 2018. The School ID is 13337.
Applications for all students requesting tuition assistance must be submitted by December 1, 2018. Smart Aid applications that are submitted after December 1, 2018 will not be considered until the spring of 2019, if funds become available. Families will need to have 2017 tax forms and W2s on hand to accurately complete the application. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Miriam Abate, Assistant Director of Finance, at email@example.com.
Admission files must be completed by November 30 in order to receive an admissions decision by early January. Files completed after November 30, 2018 will receive a decision on a rolling basis. If you complete your file after November 30, you will not hurt your chance at being admitted, but your decision letter will be delayed.
To receive financial aid, a parent/guardian must complete complete the financial aid application at www.smartaid.com by December 1, 2018. Financial aid packages will be sent in early March.
Applications are due November 30, 2018, although NWC will accept applications for spots that become available should students withdraw. Accepted students will be notified in early January, and financial aid packages will be mailed in early March. If a student wishes to secure a spot in the Class of 2023, he or she must submit paperwork by April 1, 2019.
In the spring, each incoming student meets with a faculty or staff member to select courses. Read our Program of Studies Guide 2018-19 to learn about our classes, including our extensive list of Advanced Placement courses.
DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF
Northwest Catholic has a personalized, friendly, and organized admissions process. We guide prospective students and their families through the admissions journey so they can discover for themselves if NWC is the right fit for them. We know NWC is the school where you know you belong, but we also know each student needs to realize this truth for him or herself. Throughout the entire process, we strive to answer every question and allay every concern as we know the decision to attend an independent high school is monumental and lasting.
The admissions process at Northwest Catholic begins as soon as prospective students start to consider their high school careers. This can start as early as 6th or 7th grade. Prospective students begin their research by reading our website, ordering an admissions packet, following student life through our social media channels, attending events on campus like games and performances, and talking to our current and alumni families about their experiences.
In May of 7th grade, students are invited to take the Pre-High School Placement Test (Pre-HSPT). This practice test helps students know what to expect when they sit for the HSPT as an 8th grader. During the Pre-HSPT, parents are invited to an informal information session where their first questions can be answered.
MOVING THROUGH THE PROCESS
Once 8th grade begins, students dive headlong into the admissions process. The Admissions Checklist will guide each family through the process. If you have any questions regarding the process, please call 860-236-4221 ext. 140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENROLLING AT NWC
Students who have applied by November 30, 2018 will be notified in early January. Those who have completed their financial aid application by December 1, 2018 will be sent their financial aid package in early March. All students who would like to accept a spot in 2019-2020 should enroll by April 1, 2019.
In June placement tests are held for students currently enrolled in algebra, Spanish, and French in middle school, and families are invited to NWC to discuss their student's course selection for the fall.
At the end of August the incoming class comes together for thee days of orientation when they celebrate, bond, and learn all about what it means to join the Northwest Catholic PRIDE.